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Webinar: Improving care for people with dementia in acute care

Date: 20 September 2012 Time: 4pm-5pm

Nadia Chambers, NHS Institute lead for Dementia Call to Action and Ashley Brooks, National Patient Champion, will present work to date on the call to action to improve care for people with dementia in acute hospitals.

For further information, go here

Event: Patient and Public Engagement to Improve Service Delivery
20% Discount available to attend Westminster Briefing

Date: Tuesday, 25th September 2012 Time: 11.00am-3.30pm
Location: Westminster, London

Key issues:
• Defining PPE: assessing different approaches to and outcomes of engagement
• Patient leadership: addressing the need for patient leaders
• Factoring in economic considerations: a business case for PPE
• Patient Participation Groups: a cornerstone for PPE and CCGs
• The role of technology and social media to keep people engaged
• What lessons can be learnt for future PPE?
• Applying suitable engagement for providers, institutions, Local Authorities, commissioners, CCGs and NHS Foundation Trusts.

• Mark Platt, Policy Advisor, Royal College of Nursing
• David Gilbert, Co-Director, Centre for Patient Leadership
• Mark Drury, Associate Director for Engagement and Stakeholder Management, NHS Oldham

Complete the booking form [1.1mB, DOC] or contact Harriet Blain (0207 593 5744) or visit the Westminster Briefing website for further information

Conference: Patient, public involvement and engagement 2: transition and transformation

Date: 4 October 2012 Location: London, SE1

Register for this second national conference which will focus on education for patient and public involvement and engagement (PPI/E).

Join the conversation on teaching, learning and research and contribute to the radical redesign of learning opportunities for the future delivery of PPI/E.

For further information, go here


Event: Local Healthwatch – Building a strong consumer champion in health and social care

Date: 4 October 2012 Location: London

Registration time: 9.45 am Start time: 10.30 am End time: 3.30 pm

Over the past year, at every stage, the role of local government in shaping local health priorities has become stronger. The Health and Social Care Act 2012 places local government at the centre of ensuring our communities receive the care they deserve. Together with new responsibilities for public health and health and wellbeing boards, it requires councils to commission a new, local, consumer champion for health and social care called Healthwatch.

• Anna Bradley, Chair, Healthwatch England
• Lorraine Denoris, Healthwatch Implementation Programme Director
• Mark Gamsu, Visiting Fellow, Leeds University
• Oliver Mills, National Programme Director, Oliver Mills Consulting Ltd

Booking form here [133kB, PDF]

More information here


Healthwatch: Staying in touch

For the latest Healthwatch news, check the following websites:

Department of Health’s Healthwatch webpage here
CQC’s new Healthwatch website here

Follow the Healthwatch conversation on Twitter using this hashtag #Healthwatch

Event: Public health transformation: learning event for voluntary and community sector organisations

Save the date: 29th October 2012 Time: 10.00 - 16.00
Venue: Central London

The Department of Health, Public Health England and the DH's voluntary sector strategic partners invite you to take part in a learning event on public health reforms. This is an opportunity for voluntary and community sector organisations to inform the public health system's leaders and to hear from those leaders.

Discussion will include:
• Tackling the wider social determinants of health, though local planning and focusing on improving health outcomes.
• Mobilising the local health economy to identify, target and effectively meet the needs of excluded groups
• The multifaceted roles voluntary and community sector organisations can play in improving the quality and effectiveness of the public’s health.

Confirmed attendees include Duncan Selbie, chief executive designate of Public Health England and senior leaders from the voluntary and community sector and from local government.

Places are limited and we reserve the right to limit the number of places per organisation if the event becomes oversubscribed.

Booking form for the event here [52kB, DOC]

Consultation on proposals for commissioners to deliver best value

Proposals for regulations to protect patients’ interests by ensuring that commissioners always deliver best value are being consulted on by the Department of Health.

The consultation sets out proposals for requirements to:

  • ensure good procurement practice by commissioners including requirements to act transparently, avoid discrimination and purchase services from the providers best placed to meet patients’ needs
  • ensure that commissioners enable patients to exercise their rights to choose as set out in the NHS Constitution
  • prohibit commissioners from taking actions that restrict competition where this is against patients’ interests
  • ensure that commissioners manage conflicts of interest and that particular interests do not influence their decision-making.

Responding to the consultation
Respond to the consultation online
Read Securing best value for NHS patients: Requirements for commissioners to adhere to good procurement practice and protect patient choice
Download consultation response form [171kB, DOC]

The closing date for responses is 26 October 2012.

If you have any questions on this consultation, please email

Consultation on new care objectives for improving health and healthcare – the draft mandate to the NHS Commissioning Board

New objectives for the improvement of health and healthcare have been set out for public consultation.

‘Our NHS care objectives: a draft mandate to the NHS Commissioning Board’, sets out Health Secretary Andrew Lansley’s expectations for the health service and marks the move to a more patient-centred, independent, transparent and outcomes focused NHS.

For more information, go here

Consultation on Monitor role in Sector Regulation

The Department of Health published detailed proposals on sector regulation and the new role of Monitor - the public body that will regulate the NHS in order to protect patients' interests. DH is consulting on these detailed proposals as part of the ongoing implementation of the Government’s reforms, ensuring that providers in the new system operate efficiently and in the interests of patients.

A key element of Monitor’s regulation will be a requirement for providers to hold a licence. This will impose conditions designed to protect and promote the interests of patients. The consultations are looking at whether some providers should be exempt from the requirement and that any changes Monitor proposes to make to standard licence conditions are in the public interest.

We would like to encourage you to take the opportunity to participate in the consultations and in doing so continue to work with us to shape the detail of our transition to the new system.

You can find out more about the proposals and engage in the public consultation by visiting either the DoH site or the Monitor site

Applications for Workforce Development Dementia Fund now open

The Department of Health has commissioned Skills for Care to support the delivery of a national learning and development programme for the adult social care workforce supporting people with dementia.

Skills for Care will make £2.4 million available to employers through the Workforce Development Dementia Fund to support the completion of relevant accredited qualifications by those members of the workforce who support people with dementia.

This new funding is open to all adult social care employers who support people with dementia, whether this is in the early stages of the illness following diagnosis, or at a later stage.

The closing date for applications is 13 August 2012.

Find out more about the PM’s Dementia Challenge

Read the Skills for Care press release.

Applications sought for Improving access to psychological therapies for severe mental illness

The improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) for severe mental illness (SMI) project, within the national IAPT programme, is seeking applications from services that can demonstrate innovative and collaborative work, in providing NICE recommended psychological therapies for psychosis, bipolar disorder and personality disorder.

For further information, go here

Progress update - drugs and alcohol recovery payment by results pilots

The Department has worked with the Home Office, Ministry of Justice and Department for Work and Pensions to develop eight drug and alcohol payment by results (PbR) pilots. These pilots focus on payment for successful outcomes, rather than activities. The pilots went live in April 2012 and are providing regular news articles about their progress.

For more information, go here

Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) progress review

Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) has published its 2012-13 work programme and a review of progress in its first 15 months of operation.

The TLAP Progress Report sets out:
• What the Partnership is, does and how it works.
• Its work to date across six work streams including co-production, self-directed support, building community capacity, information advice and brokerage and the National Market Development Forum.
• Details of its membership, board and team and an overview of its budget

1. Think Local Act Personal Progress Report – Summer 2012
2. Think Local Act Personal: Our Plans for 2012-13 

A Healthier Perspective Toolkit

RAISE is delighted to bring to your attention its new Healthier Perspective Toolkit which can be accessed through our dedicated website:

The Toolkit has been developed using the learning from 'A Healthier Perspective', a project which has harnessed the opportunity that the current transformation of the health service in England offers to strengthen the relationship between health and social care commissioners and the voluntary sector.

If you would like any further information about the toolkit or the work they have undertaken please do not hesitate to contact Helen Rowland:


Engaging people in sustainable healthcare: guide to resources

The NHS Sustainable Development Unit has helped develop a new tool to help NHS organisations think through how they build staff, public and patient engagement into their work on sustainability.

The tool provides practical advice, suggestions for action, examples of good practice and evidence of what works. It brings together the latest learning and evidence from a variety of healthcare organisations, including emerging clinical commissioning groups across the country.

See guide here [144kB, PDF]

Innovation in Healthcare

In this newsletter, Michael Dixon, Chair, NHS Alliance, talks about the role of clinical commissioners in improving health through innovation and redesign. Commissioners, social care professionals and individuals can find out how the 3millionlives programme will transform the way healthcare is delivered in the NHS.

For further information, go to:

Review of national arrangements for providing information and advice to carers

The Department of Health has published a review of Carers Direct, the advice and information service for carers. Carers Direct consists of an online information point, and a telephone advice line for personalised advice and support for carers.

The review found Carers Direct met the initial objectives of an improved advice and information service for carers and also looked at future delivery of the service to account for the changes in the health and care sector.

For further information, go here

Summary of draft care and support bill 2012/13

This report provides general information on the draft care and support bill that was published by the government on 11 July 2012.

See summary here

New online tool to search and compare local care providers

A new tool allowing users to search and compare any Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered home care, residential or nursing home provider is now available online at NHS Choices.

The provider quality profile (PQP) was launched as part of the Caring for our Future White Paper on 11 July 2012. Care users can search for local providers within an area and link to CQC reports and information about those providers.

For further information, go to:

New end of life care profiles by local authority

Following the successful launch of end of life care profiles for PCTs in May, the National End of Life Care Intelligence Network has produced profiles for top tier local authorities in England.

Using social care indicators for populations aged 65+, the profiles are available in both PDF and InstantAtlas formats.

For further information, go here

Commitments announced on preventing homelessness

A report setting out Government commitments to preventing homelessness is published today by the Ministerial Working Group on preventing and tackling homelessness.

‘Making Every Contact Count: A joint approach to preventing homelessness’ is the second of 2 reports on homelessness published by the Ministerial Working Group of which Care Services Minister Paul Burstow is a member.

To find out more, go here

What’s Changing in the NHS?

A briefing has been produced for NCF and VODG members in order to increase awareness of the health and social care changes happening right across the NHS and local government. These changes will alter the way all providers, elderly and disabled people and their carers work with and are supported by the health and wellbeing system in the future.

See here [479kB, PDF]

The National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) toolkit

The National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) have launched a new toolkit to help local people secure the right support for people approaching the end of life and their carers in the reformed health and social care system. You can find out more and view the toolkit here

Personal health budgets easy read leaflet published

The Department of Health has published an easy-read version of the personal health budgets pilot programme information leaflet.

Healthcare professionals, commissioners, and support organisations can offer the new version to people being offered a personal health budget. It explains what a personal health budget is, and includes answers to frequently asked questions, personal stories and further sources of information.

See leaflet here [1.15mB, PDF]